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Nestled deep in the heart of San Francisco in a community named Presidio, sits this beautiful historic brick building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Presidio, an old Military base is breathtakingly beautiful with views of the San Francisco Bay with sailboats in the distance and rows of red brick buildings. While San Francisco is a gorgeous place to travel with piers to explore, waters to venture in, and many ways of transportation to discover……this place had a profound beauty that I just can’t explain in words!
After you have managed to pull yourself away from the views, I encourage you to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum and learn more about the man behind our childhood dreams. The Walt Disney Family Museum is a 40,000 sq ft museum that takes you through every step of Walt Disney’s life from his birth and childhood, through his trials and errors to become the creator that he was. It is a beautiful way to watch his legacy come to life, and to see exactly why Walt Disney made such a huge impact on the 20th century. For this Disney fangirl, connecting facts I already knew with imagery, hands on exhibits, and amazing artifacts, made me feel so0o close to Walt Disney and grew my admiration for him.
I invite you to take a visual photography tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California with us, and fall in love with Walt’s story as I did!
I love these Normal Rockwell paintings of Walt Disney’s daughters Diane and Sharon. The Walt Disney Family Museum was founded by Walt’s daughter Diane, and is now a non-profit organization.
FUN FACT: Did you know Walt lied about his age so he could join the Red Cross? He changed the date to 1900 on the application in order to be 17, the legal age to join the Red Cross. At just 17, he drove an ambulance in France helping others in need.
Laugh-O-Gram studio opened in 1922, and featured short films such as these below~ including Cinderella! In the Walt Disney Family museum, you will find over 200 televisions that display the art of Disney.
After an adventurous move to Hollywood California in 1923 (after the failure of Laugh-O-Gram studio), Disney proved that failure was not an option! Walt and his brother Roy started Disney Brothers Studios, and had a hit with Alice Comedies until 1927.
After yet another failure and loss of Oswald the Rabbit (which was bought back in 2006!), Walt Disney worked hard to recreate himself. Inspired by a small pet he had in his Laugh-O-Gram studio, the creation of the world’s most popular mouse was developed.
FUN FACT: Did you know Mickey Mouse’s first name was Mortimer? Walt’s wife Lillian changed his name to Mickey. Aren’t wives great!
SOME OF MY FAVORITES
The Crown Jewel
The 13 foot Disneyland model is definitely the crown jewel of the Walt Disney Family Museum. It creates a scene of awe struck museum goers. You could spend hours marveling at the details in this model from It’s a Small World to Space Mountain~ I was just in ♥!
This view isn’t so bad either though 🙂 I had to take time to pose in front of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge!
There was a moment though while visiting the museum that I had to just stop. I could feel the tears swelling up as I walked into what was the final room, the end of the great journey of Walt Disney’s life. I was surrounded by pictures capturing the sorrow the world felt when he passed. I cried too world…..I cried too.
His legacy is continuing to touch lives and continues to inspire us to try harder and to never give up on your dreams! I encourage you to make a stop at the Walt Disney Family Museum next time your in San Francisco!
The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street
The Presidio, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129